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7 hardcore UTPs escape in Shillong
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 31:
Published on 1 Jun. 2009 12:13 AM IST
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Seven hardcore Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs), including serial killers and rapists today escaped from Shillong District Jail. The incident occurred at around 0720 hours when the prisoners walked out of the jail without any hindrance from the jail warders or security guards. The seven UTPs included Fullmoon Dhar, Khrawboklang Marbaniang, Khrawboklang Mawnai, Sankyntiewlang Decruse, Synsharlang Thongni, Ramu Thapa and Wanshailang Jana. “The prisoners made good their escape after Fullmoon fired one round in the air and then overpowered a guard on duty Bharat Singh,” Assistant Jailor James D Marbaniang told reporters. Singh is now admitted in Civil Hospital here with severe head injuries. Interestingly, the Head Warder Edward Wahlang who was on duty was conspicuously absent during the entire incident. Fullmoon, a serial killer and rapist was arrested on September 16, 2008 on charges of raping and killing two women in September 2008 along with Khrawboklang Marbaniang and Mickey Chester Suchiang by sliting their throats after a picnic along with them, at a forest area in Ban Umtyngkhong under Mawpdang, 18 Km away from here. In November last year, the twin murder accused Fullmoon attempted to escape from the cell by removing the exhaust fan of the common bathroom at Shillong Civil Hospital. The blade which he used cut the iron bar fixed to the exhaust fan was smuggled into the cell in a flask by his relative. This time, too, Police suspect that the small arm might have been smuggled into the Shillong jail by his close friends in connivance with some jail staff. “Today’s incident is a well-planned and long-term conspiracy,” Additional Director General of Police in-charge Prisons, Kulbir Krishan said. Krishan said that he was surprised how the weapon was smuggled inside the jail and how the UTPs walked out freely. “We suspect some foul play from inside as the head warder was absent and we are looking into all angles to get to the bottom of today’s incident,” the Prison’s chief said. Echoing him, Superintendent of Police of East Khasi Hills District LB Rapthap said, “It appears that the jailbreak was pre-planned and resulted due to the nexus between the escapees and some jail staffs.” He, however, said that this can be proved after a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner B Dhar had ordered a magisterial inquiry headed by Additional District Magistrate MR Marak, while Krishan has initiated a departmental inquiry headed by Assistant Inspector General of Prisons Karmanik Hynniewta. Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt to nab the escapees.

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